Michael Ochs established the fund that bears his name in 2002 to benefit Notes, the quarterly journal he edited for five years. He joined MLA in 1963, held various committee chairs, and served as president (1993–95). He was creative arts librarian at Brandeis and taught at Simmons College Library School, where he founded its program in music librarianship. From 1978 to 1992 he headed the Loeb Music Library at Harvard, becoming the first Richard F. French Librarian. He established the U.S. RISM Office there and guided one of the early retrospective computerizations of a library music catalog. He went on to become music editor at W. W. Norton, a premier publisher of books on music. Since retiring in 2002 he continues to lecture, edit, and write, most recently on Yiddish-American musical theater.